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I Have a Dysfunctional Family

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    Morbid confession. Sometimes

    when I meet new people and they ask about my family, I just say they're no longer with us. It's easier than having to talk about them.
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I am in the midst of writing a book about my

    dysfunctional family and I have a strong feeling it could be a best seller simply because of all that it encompasses. It's like an entire season of Jerry Springer which is a comical way to look at it but it's also painfully trivializing to say those two things are analogous. I...
    KelseyLeigh123 KelseyLeigh123 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    I can't handle my sisters sometimes.

    I can't handle family gatherings. I just can't handle this anymore.
    laurenphoenix laurenphoenix 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 4

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    My both of my parents are deceased.

    They had a horrible marriage. My father married my mother because she was pretty and my mother married my father because he had a nice job. They had a bitter divorce and the whole kid thing was sorta confusing. They both passed away in the last 18 months ---I knew more...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    Violetoreo Violetoreo 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 3

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    Picture it mixture of the Osbournes,

    The Munsters, The Adams Family, now picture taking them to an Opera! yeah that about sums it up...lmao
    AngeleyesUponU AngeleyesUponU 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 7

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    After my father left

    when I was two, I was raised by the women on my mother's side of the family, namely my mother, grandmother, and aunt. I could say all kinds of things about my experiences growing up with them. I idolized them all. My grandmother was safe and fun, my aunt silly and playful, my...
    DeGustibus DeGustibus 26-30, M 1 Response a week ago

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    It's Father's Day and I feel obligated to call

    him and wish him a happy Father's Day. Not because I think he deserves it.
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    I Am Not...

    I am not your punching bag, your inferior, or your animal. I am not made of stone, I have feelings and I don't forget. Things could have been so much more, If you only would have let it. You were my role model, my friend, and my everything. Well you had to go and **** that up...
    Canadian45 Canadian45 22-25 1 Response Nov 15, 2012

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    Found out that my mom has $22,

    000 dollars out of the $150,000 from my dad's insurance since he got hit by a car in the 90s. The little she has she'll use towards her retirement. She admitted to her friend that with his money she bought a new car. I know she also spent his money on gambling, buying clothes for...
    XxLionHeartxX XxLionHeartxX 18-21 3 Responses Jun 26

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    I don't know how the **** I'm related to some

    people in my family. Everybody knows how pissed and angry I get when a very sensitive subject is brought up in front of me. For the past 5 years I have asked them and even begged please don't bring it up it just hurts me and really ****** me off and they do it anyways. It's like...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 2

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    I always knew my family was all kinds of ******

    up but I found something out recently that left me angrier and more repulsed than ever. My aunt could never have kids and for years I thought she just had fertility problems. Turns out my grandfather raped her so much when she was younger that it completely damaged her uterine...
    psychh psychh 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    GlitzandGlamber GlitzandGlamber 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 4

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    that I am the mum so it is my responsibility

    but I struggle to stay responsible and feel I lack control but I hate being controlled so who am I to control them
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 22

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    I Have A Dysfunctional Family

    So here's my story. I grew up in a very emotionally abusive home. My dad who was a former alcoholic had rage and anger issues that would constantly spill out onto us, he would blame us for everything under the sun all the time. I just remembered being scared that I was going to...
    z4e71 z4e71 31-35, F Nov 19, 2013

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    I'm Scared of My Mother

    That sounds lame, maybe, but my mother can be scary. She has extreme mood swings, and even to this day I don't know how to deal with her. She will want to go out for mother daughter time, when maybe the night before she called me full of hate, anger, resentment, etc. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 18 Responses Jul 19, 2009

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    If there's one thing I'm always jealous about

    other people is them having a happy family.
    gwenllian gwenllian 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 20, 2014

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    My mother is illogical

    and irrational. She is beyond nosy and loves to eavesdrop on everyone else's private conversations. She is an authoritarian type who enjoys criticizing and belittling others, and constantly jumps to conclusions that have absolutely no basis in reality. For her, the only...
    justsharing justsharing 56-60, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    If I Have An Evil Step Mother, Where'S My Prince?

    Two years ago, I moved out from my house. Not by choice but because my step mom kicked me out and what hurts most is that my dad proceeded to allow her to do this. I lived with my mom for about a month afterward but that didn't last long before we started fighting as well. I now...
    bug14 bug14 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    My Name is ****** ******.

    I'm 14 and My mother has Personality Disorder (PD) and my father has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Both my parents are also alcoholics along with their parents. My mother kicked me out of the house when I was twelve and now lies about doing so, my parent's sisters are...
    sophieharperlee sophieharperlee 18-21, F a week ago

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    It's just what it is.

    A family you can never bind together cuz of pride, hate, envy and so much things going on. Just like that.
    DarkSoul07 DarkSoul07 22-25, F Apr 11, 2014

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    TellySR TellySR 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    You Are Not Alone, Take My Advice And Just Walk Away.

    My mother is the definition of pure evil. She let me know at an early age that she hated me. She beat me mercilessly for no reason, has knocked teeth out of my mouth when I was 12, refusing to replace it. Denied me basic necessities, that heaven that I have an aunt who has...
    Amnestic Amnestic 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    So i'm in my PSY202 class

    and the more I read into it the more confirmation I have that my older sister has mental illness. She is neurotic, forgetful, lies, steals, manipulates. Our bond has been so stretched thin it is barely there, I don't know if she is receiving treatment which she should be. After...
    Sobixgirl Sobixgirl 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    My mom and I were homeless.

    Mom was basically dying and I had dropped out of high school. And I was at my aunt's "house." My aunt told her boyfriend that I was a "gift" for him. So my mom called my dad and begged him to let me stay with him so that I could finish high school and not be homeless and...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 11 Responses Aug 10, 2014

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    I'm gona be honest here.

    ... this morning my mom came in my room and she said "I'm leaving and I'm never coming back". at first I thought it was a dream, then later that day, she said in sorry for what I said this morning, and I asked her what she said, and she said never mind. I'm worried....
    Azeazal Azeazal 16-17, M 3 Responses Jul 19

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    Just wanted to thank my parents

    for never signing me up for swim lessons as a child and now I can't take a decent vacation as an adult. Also wanted to thank them for never teaching me how to skate, ski, or snowboard. I can't have fun as an adult now. I've attempted to learn all these things as an adult and...
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    I wish I knew what it felt like having a warm

    loving family. People who love you and are there for you no matter what the circumstances are. My family has broken me down to the point I don't want to live anymore.
    foreveralone22 foreveralone22 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 27

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    My parents are stupid.

    if you are here to tell me my parents know better dont respond. They are just so stupid it is sad. It's impossible to conversate with them. For example me and my mom were arguing over god, and whether your a christian or not I have nothing against you, the point is how the...
    gamesmlg gamesmlg 13-15, M 2 Responses Jun 20

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    Normal

    Funny how I view dysfunction as "normal" until I see what a normal life actually is. Sometimes my family reminds me of a bunch of string, tied together tighter then what is comfortable. I'm the stray piece trying to cut myself loose, but alas, a piece of string has no hands...
    RunningBlue RunningBlue 18-21, F 2 Responses May 26, 2011

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    I'm amazed that family is still

    even together. I really envy my brother and sister who have already moved out. my dad is a perfectionist with anger, trust AND control issues, and my mom is emotional and submissive. my dad ALWAYS points out the flaws in others, and always blames others for something that goes...
    Azeazal Azeazal 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 29

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    I Wounder why I was born into my family,

    can they never get together without me having to break up fights at 4am every day? can we never just have a nice family holiday together, if that's too much then don't come I am sick and tired of all this ****. thank you dear family for ruining Christmas for the 5th year in a...
    anneloves anneloves 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    If I never seen any of them

    for the rest of my life not including my Gma, I wouldn't care.
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F Jun 3, 2014

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    Something about the cold winter makes me feel

    more vulnerable and more alone. I called my mom today to ask her for a favor and of course she guilt tripped me and then I retorted back condescending remarks about the role that she still has yet to fulfill. As I mocked her parenting abilities I was waiting for her to...
    KelseyLeigh123 KelseyLeigh123 22-25, F Nov 15, 2014

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    I Am Tired Of The Hell That My Family Has Bestowed On Me!!!

    Growing up I had no idea what a normal family was like. I wasn't even aware that mine was abnormal as we were sheltered and I didn't have a frame of reference.  All I knew was that I was unhappy and that it seemed no one got along.  I also knew that my parents argued, nagged...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 7 Responses May 27, 2013

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    When I was 13 I got mad at my dad

    for something. I don't even remember what. So in typical 13 yo girl fashion I gave him the silent treatment. He refused to speak to me as well because apparently he is no more mature than a 13 yo girl. This lasted the entire summer. I was the bigger person and broke the silence...
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 16

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    so many issues at our house.

    any of you have sociopathic grown children?
    recalculator recalculator 51-55, F Jul 19

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    My family (Mom and Me) just can't stop

    bothering me any time i try to have fun she is ******* hopped up on her medication trying not to be depressed and im always just getting ignored by her. She is such a religious nut telling me i can't date anyone or be with friends. She thinks at dances that there is drugs there...
    Connor137 Connor137 13-15, M Jul 8

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    kico4 kico4 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 20

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    So for many of those whom may have already

    noticed or will eventually. I am not one for normal family lifestyles or relations.. However! With that said, despite my love for the taboo I do not enjoy when people engage topics involving my Mother or Sisters... They are both an extremely quick turn off and mood killer for me...
    TheCuddlySuccubi TheCuddlySuccubi 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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    When i was 12 a torture began

    that i would endure for another 2 years. My dad was an awful man, and there are days i still wake up crying, and terrified. I tell you this because ive been told its good to talk about it. To tell people, and ep has become the only place i can truly talk about things.
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 18-21, F 14 Responses Aug 13, 2014

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    Oh dear where do i start?

    We don't talk to each other not much any way, and the only thing that brings us to gether is TV. We don't look after each other, we don't chat with each other talking but not chatting, My big brothers and i are like complete strangers I have no clue how old they are and I am...
    comlpicatedguy comlpicatedguy 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 8

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    They dug up my flowers at grandmas grave

    and threw away my seashells
    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 19

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    I am picked up from work

    and we go to my nieces birthday party and I get out of my bad work mood by being silly. I play with the kids and then my sister leaves for an hour to pick up cake. She comes back forgetting the candles and yet has an entire case of wine she remembered. She begins complaining...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F Jun 3

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    my sisters act like I'm invisible.

    it's going for so long. I bet they just okay or maybe like it if I die. they treated me like I'm a less person. I'm just invisible
    Violetoreo Violetoreo 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 4

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    Whoever says they don't have a dysfunctional

    family is just lying to themselves.
    thatgirlkay thatgirlkay 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 27, 2014

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